So many women who've inspired us with their determination, strength, courage and wisdom. Who are your favorites? Without trying to stir up any political debate, here are my choices:
I'm sure God blessed this woman for her selfless acts of mercy and charitable works. Years of sacrificing her life for others is an inspiration for us all to volunteer to help those in need.
A quote from Mother Teresa:
"Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well."
There were many women fighting for women's rights in the United States, but her name is among the top ones listed and remembered. Again, she sacrificed her time, effort and energy to fight for many causes; voting for women was one of them. In 1920, years after she died, the Susan B. Anthony Amendment granted American adult women the right to vote.
Like most homemakers after World War II, her goal was to create a happy home, raise a family, and keep close family ties. Coming from a large Italian family background, this became a full-time job. She didn't drive, but would walk miles to stores or take me, my brother, and my sister to school and return to walk us home until we were old enough to do that with friends.
She inspired us to do well in school and go to college. All three of us got degrees and my sister and I were the first two females in our large extended family to go to college.
Now, at almost 87 years of age, my mother's age and illnesses have slowed her down, but her spirits remain high. She still cooks for herself (we made an apartment in our home for her) and she sometimes cooks for my husband and me, too! As the remaining female sibling out of ten children in her family, she is the matriarch of our Italian heritage and the keeper/teller of long-ago stories of relatives. One brother is also alive, but Alzheimer's has stripped him of most memories. My mother keeps in touch with my cousins, second cousins, grandchildren, and loves it when great-grandchildren visit. She remembers most relatives' birthdays and anniversaries and keeps the post office in business.
Carla recently published her 100th book! She's down-to-earth; a friend and always available to help. While some authors may shun others and step back instead of helping those seeking publication, Carla has always volunteered her aid, giving loads of help, suggestions, important critique information, and genuine friendship. Without her enthusiasm and words of wisdom when I was ready to stop writing, I wouldn't be a published author today. Others also encouraged my efforts (Sandy Marshall and Cheryl Rabin).
Carla offered one critical piece of advice that got my brain in gear and shed light on what I'd been doing wrong with my writing efforts for years..."don't write episodes". Hearing her words made me realize that's exactly what I'd been doing!
These are women I truly admire and who've achieved positions of respect in my life.
Tell us about women you admire during Women of Achievement Month!